When scientists step outside their safe laboratories, anything can happen. Of course, studying wild animals or digging out million-year-old fossils sounds exotic and exciting, but that's only one side of the spectrum. The other side is sometimes gross and scary but mostly it's hilarious. In 2015 scientists started sharing their most embarrassing #Fieldworkfails, and recently French illustrator Jim Jourdane has decided to compile the most memorable ones and turn them into amusing whimsical drawings.

From gluing yourself to a crocodile to walking in a thunderstorm with a 10 feet (3 metre) aerial, these moments show us that science is full of hilarious trainwrecks, too. Jourdane interviewed all scientists whose stories were included in his book to get a better understanding of their fieldwork and its details. "I talked to [them] I realized that there's a lot of problems of communication with the general public about how they work, what they do," he told Gizmodo. Thus, he tried to make his visual anecdotes available to everyone: "Eleven year old children, my grandmother, friends, scientists."

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John L
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3 years ago

I hope you had the good sense to anesthetize the fellow BEFORE applying the glue. :D

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John L
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3 years ago

I'm curious Angela, how did you manage to mark the jaguar's territory sign? And then stick around his territory for three weeks. Perhaps the big cat was trying to mate with you? ;D

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

"This is real life, kids. Get used to it"

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mocochang
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3 years ago

LMAO

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Ilya Ditkovskiy
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3 years ago

Those lions just have a bad taste in music -.-

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Just like that Axe commercial.

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John L
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3 years ago

This cartoon does not represent the circumstances. The vials exploded because the suitcase was stored in a non-pressurized compartment. Passenger compartments are always pressurized, and this would not have happened.

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

Those monkeys are so going to jail

Copper Vyxen
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3 years ago

OMG! LOL!!! I just laughed so hard and nearly fell off my ball at work. Had to explain to coworkers. Laughed just as hard.

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Sanchit Jain
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3 years ago

Extremist monkeys, eh?

Ellis
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3 years ago

Follow the mon(k)ey!

Blue Cicada
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3 years ago

Monkey wanted you to notify the authorities.

Donnie Reyes
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3 years ago

A monkey business

Andy Hell
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3 years ago

Apes Together Strong

S Missions
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3 years ago

He's very lucky it was empty.

Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

Wow. More terrifying than any animal.

Daniel Boyer
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3 years ago

no bueno

Nancy E
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3 years ago

You've got to be kidding ! I guess you weren't hurt by the cartel.

Ellis
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3 years ago

This would make a great opening episode to Narcos season 4

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Debbie Duquette
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1 month ago

But not everyone can make such an achievement in law enforcement when studying primates.

sarah l
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2 years ago

Haha lolz

Lachlan Trainz
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3 years ago

I find that hard to believe A hidden helipad and guns?

Mindy Keys
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3 years ago

Monkeys terrify me. Monkeys hopped up on goofballs - nightmare fuel!

Rachael Marrast
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3 years ago

Busted!!

Ninshi TheImp
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3 years ago

Good that all I ever found were small weed plantations O_O

Hendrik Little
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3 years ago

Plot twist - They were all just capuchins before they got into that crank.

Mandi Grys
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3 years ago

would not call this a fail

Susan Gardner
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3 years ago

OMGG scary!

Steve Lawson
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3 years ago

Dawn of the planet of the monkeys (sorry apes).

Teresa Taylor
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3 years ago

That was a hella big tree to have a helicopter landing pad!

Debbie
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3 years ago

I'd use an alias revealing this! Drug people are not the forgiving sort.

Lyone Fein
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3 years ago

This is a good way to fund further research!

James Johns
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3 years ago

Score

Rabbitt209
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3 years ago

"You can't always get what you want...."

Kels
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3 years ago

didn't know monkeys could fly helicopters.

Cip IESAN
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3 years ago

Ah, so you're the one who discovered our drug camp! We'll meet you SOON!

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Liz dJ
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3 years ago

"Poc poc" 😂

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Honestly, without this image I would've not get the idea. Thanks artist.

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PsychoPrincess
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3 years ago

I bet you that was shocking...

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Bina Acharya
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3 years ago

hehe :p

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selket
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3 years ago

Don't worry, you'll get it back.... in about a day or two.... Just don't lick it afterwards! :D

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

"This humans can't just learn to respect privacy"

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selket
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3 years ago

So... did the elves save you after finding your pants with the message? :D

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Ben Smith
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3 years ago

There was a bridge over a river you thought you could jump across?? Either youre VERY optimistic or the bridge is very short

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Virgil Blue
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3 years ago

Those bees should have tiny question marks over their heads in the picture.

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selket
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3 years ago

Awww, dissapointment of the year :)

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Sanchit Jain
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3 years ago

cartoon illustration is reverse of what mentioned in caption..

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Beep. Beep. Boop.

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

I can't believe this one is real. Seems more like cartoon. How can you not see a damn elephant? xD

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Full Name
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3 years ago

I'd've been completely naked. Forget modesty, I've got some parts I consider higher up the "don't get bitten" ladder.

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Sanchit Jain
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3 years ago

did u had to melt them again to remove them?

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

It's their Axe Effect..

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earringnut
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3 years ago

good to know

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Pi...
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3 years ago

Couldn't it have been lifted in a bag just like dog poop?

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